THE EC AND ELECTORAL REFORMS

GHANA’S democracy is touted as a success in the midst of unstable and failing democracies around Africa.

Many have looked up to Ghana for direction, and particularly, the country’s electoral system has been singled out for praise.

Locally, however, the image of the Electoral Commission (EC) has been battered and its activities called to question following the Election petition filed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) after the 2012 general elections.

The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict in the celebrated case, and that is now history. But there are outstanding issues that have to be tackled on the orders of the Supreme Court.

The Times recalls that as part of the landmark verdict, the Supreme Court requested the EC to undertake electoral reforms to address some of the challenges associated with the elections.

A year on, however, it appears the EC has not done much in implementing the recommendations.

Indeed, participants at a forum held in Accra last Friday, were unanimous in their view that the EC had not done enough, and requested it to expedite action on the reforms.

The forum, organised by Imani Ghana, under the auspices of OccupyGhana, a non-partisan movement, to mark the first anniversary of the Election petition case, further expressed concern about the slow pace at which the EC is implementing the reforms.

While the Times agrees that the EC must undertake the reforms to govern the conduct of the electoral process, we are unable to point out what the EC has been doing since the verdict was pronounced in August last year.

We do acknowledge though, that the EC might have done something about the recommendations and therefore, urge it to make those reforms, if any, public.

If it has not done anything, it would be advisable for it to act now and take the lead in undertaking the necessary reforms, rather than allow itself to be stampeded into action.

One year is long enough for the EC to begin the reform.

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